EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 4, 2012


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Work program is popular with seniors

To the editor:

I read your recent editorial about Haverhill’s Senior Tax Incentive Program with great dismay. I am the coordinator of the program. This program has enabled seniors to reduce their property tax bill by $1,000 with the city as well as utilize some of their skills acquired over a lifetime.

The program has asset and income limits to make certain that only the people that need a break get a break.

It has been my experience that the people who sign up for this program love it! They sign up year after year and often indicate how much they enjoy being active on retirement and giving back to their city. The Eagle-Tribune disparagingly compared them to “indentured servants.” The senior citizens who use the program hardly see themselves that way. They see the program as giving them an opportunity to reduce their tax bill and help the city they love.

For the city, it provides assistance to the many busy offices in the city. We have placed seniors in the mayor’s office, human resources department, city clerk’s office, the public library, citizens center and many more locations. They are providing valuable services to these offices and through that, to the city itself. All participants come voluntarily, work the hours they want and acquire a healthy credit for their tax bill. This program recognizes the value of our seniors and honors the contributions they make to Haverhill.

The Eagle-Tribune editorial denigrating this fine program and the senior citizens who willingly take part in it as “indentured servants” was simply wrong. The Eagle-Tribune should be praising people who help their city, not criticizing them.

Joel Berg

Project Coordinator

Haverhill Council on Aging

Old gun reminds one of old friend

To the editor:

There are more important problems to write about than old guns losing favor but I think that I’ll just cling to my gun stories while I can.

I wrote a letter to the editor some time ago saying how sometimes little things mean a lot. In the letter I talked about how Winchester was no longer manufacturing their model 1894 lever action and though obscure, it was possibly a reflection of a changing nation. Now, I hear some idle chatter about the fate of another old firearm, Marlin. Marlin never achieved the fame of Winchester, but still, in its own right is equally historic.

Throughout the late 1950s and early 1970s, I had a much older friend who loved to hunt deer in Vermont every season with a lever-action Marlin chambered for .32 Winchester Special. A .32 WS is just a .30-30 cartridge case slightly altered to hold .321 caliber bullets. Both have approximately the same power but years ago, during those old cartridges’ heyday many hunters thought the .32 was somewhat better.

I thought a lot of that old deer hunter and soon was looking for a Marlin carbine chambered in .32 Winchester Special. I finally found a used but nicely kept .32 WS Marlin called a Sport Carbine and in 1964, the old lever gun cost me just under $40 — still, a tidy sum to come by at the time. I often think of that old deer hunter, even now.

Charlie Faro

North Andover

You have the right to vote Tuesday

To the editor:

The League of Women Voters of New Hampshire, a non-partisan political group that never supports or opposes any candidates or parties, reminds citizens you have the right to vote on Nov. 6.

If you are already registered in the town or city where you live, you don’t have to register again.

If you haven’t registered yet, you can register at the polls on Nov. 6. Check with your town for times and places to register so you won’t have to stand in line on Election Day.

Try to bring the best documents you own to show your identity, age, citizenship, and place of residence. If you don’t have those documents, by law you must be allowed to sign affidavits instead.

On Election Day, if you have a photo ID, please bring it to show to the ballot clerks. It will help prevent longer lines for those waiting behind you. You need only one photo ID — a driver’s license or passport (even if expired), a student ID, an armed services card, or a photo ID from a government entity.

If you don’t have any of those IDs, or if you forget them at home, you can still vote. If one of the election workers recognizes you and can verify your identity, you will be given a ballot. You also have the right to demand an affidavit to sign, stating you are who you claim to be. You will then be given a ballot.

Not sure where to vote? Call your city or town clerk’s office in advance to find out.

If you are denied the right to vote on Election Day, immediately phone the New Hampshire Attorney General’s hotline. It’s a toll-free number: 1-866-868-3703.

Your vote is your voice — be heard on Nov. 6.

Liz Tentarelli

League of Women Voters New Hampshire